CHRONIC CARE

Oral Healthcare and Care Coordination

We are researching how improved access to quality oral health services can improve the lives of low-income seniors.

The Opportunity

Poor oral health is a significant public health issue for seniors across the nation. As baby boomers retire and people live longer, access to affordable dental care becomes more difficult.

Medicare, the primary health insurer for seniors, does not cover routine dental care, while Medicaid coverage for dental care varies considerably by state and is often limited or non-existent.

Dental care is a key to ensuring overall health and well-being, and we need to ensure seniors can access the oral care they need to stay healthy. Research, policy and advocacy are part of our ongoing efforts to affect change nationally.

Our Goal

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is taking an integrated approach to addressing the dental, medical and social needs of seniors.

 

West Health is studying how this integrated approach impacts overall healthcare outcomes and the feasibility of adoption in practices throughout the country.

Taking Action: The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

The Senior Dental Center links affordable oral healthcare with health and social services at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, creating a one-stop community care center for older adults.

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Serving Seniors

Helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

The Senior Dental Center links affordable oral healthcare with health and social services at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, creating a one-stop community care center for older adults.

Read More

Oral Healthcare and Care Coordination News


Dr. Karen Becerra of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center writes about oral health’s connection to general health in Medscape Family Medicine.
Shelley Lyford writes about the challenges seniors in California face in accessing oral healthcare through Denti-Cal
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